Hunger is a serious issue in Puget Sound, and we hope to do our small part to help eradicate it. We’re hopeful our customers will agree and make this first Founder’s Event a significant contributor to these worthy food banks working to end hunger.
(PRWEB) October 03, 2017
In October, Olympic Hot Tub kicks off its first annual Founder’s Event by shining a light to help end hunger supporting three regional food banks serving communities in the Puget Sound area. The event honors founders Alice Cunningham, and Blair Osborn and their legacy of giving. This year’s beneficiaries include the Marysville Community Foodbank, the Rainier Valley Food Bank in Seattle, and Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Bank in Tacoma.
“Alice and Blair recognized the importance of giving back to the communities where we do business,” said Olympic Hot Tub Owner Don Riling. “They were always very concerned about the ever-growing plight of hunger and homelessness in our region. This made perfect sense, as Olympic has always been focused on offering products to improve our health and well-being.”
To support the participating food banks, Olympic is partnering with Hot Spring Spas, Finnleo Saunas, and Covana Automated Gazebos, and will donate a portion of their sales between October 1 and October 31. In addition, a food drive to support the food banks will be conducted at each Olympic showroom.
Olympic Hot Tub’s goal is to give a total of $15,000 towards ending hunger in Puget Sound.
Olympic encourages community members to donate directly to their own local food bank or the three participating food banks.
“Our company has always been focused on health and wellness products—one of the reasons we’ve adopted Welcome to the Wellness Generation™ as Olympic’s mantra. We think that everyone, regardless of their situation in life, deserve the most basic needs to survive. Hunger is a serious issue in Puget Sound, and we hope to do our small part to help eradicate it. We’re hopeful our customers will agree and make this first Founder’s Event a significant contributor to these worthy food banks working to end hunger,” said Riling.
About Olympic Hot Tub:
Olympic Hot Tub has been in business 40 years and has five retail locations, Seattle, Everett, Issaquah, Fife and Lacey; as well as an outlet/service center in Auburn.
The company is credited by The Seattle Times as introducing hot tubbing to the Pacific Northwest. Olympic Hot Tub has a focus on wellness and the health benefits of both Hot Spring Spas and Finnleo Saunas.
About the 3-local foodbanks:
Rainier Valley Food Bank
Our mission is to nourish with good food, empower with knowledge, and serve with compassion.
The food bank fulfills nearly 5,000 requests for food each month. Demand for RVFB’s services grew 105% percent over the past five years and the need continues to rise. In 2015, RVFB served more individuals than any of Seattle’s 25 food banks. 2016 saw a 21% increase alone as compared to 2015.
We have built a successful weekly home delivery service for over 200 people unable to leave their homes, created partnerships throughout Seattle, Washington state and nationally, and cultivated a volunteer base of over 3,000 people donating around 1,500 hours every month.
The food bank has a strong and committed Board of Directors who meet regularly, as well as dedicated volunteer committees who create community events and fundraising initiatives to keep the Food Bank thriving.
Marysville Community Food Bank
The Marysville Community Food Bank receives over 80,000 pounds of usable product every month from individuals, food drives, and local grocery stores. This translates into $138,000 of value that we distribute to about 1,100 families each month. We receive additional monetary support from local churches, organizations, and individuals.
The financial support of the community allows us to provide food for families in need, pick up food donations, pay overhead costs, and employ three part-time staff. We stretch every donation as far as possible by purchasing food in bulk from the most affordable source. All overhead expenses are kept at a minimum. The local support is crucial as we seek to help the hungry in our community.
Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Bank
Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Bank provides quality food to the communities of East and South Tacoma, Washington. Ahndrea Blue, our founder, was concerned about the children in these communities who were not eating on a regular basis due to their families experiencing economic hardship.
Without government assistance, Ahndrea began delivering food to her tenants in this area. This is how the foundation for Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Bank began. The food bank is named after Ahndrea’s grandmother Eloise. Eloise was a woman of humble means, but would generously share whatever food she had by providing a hot meal to anyone who was in need.
Eloise’s Cooking Pot also provides professional cooked meals to the homeless. On every fifth Sunday, Eloise’s Cooking Pot Food Bank, along with a local executive Chef and volunteers prepare a hot meal and serve over 100 clients, staff, and volunteers of the Matt Talbot Center located in Seattle, Washington. Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank is a program under Making A Difference Foundation.